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WBAFC 1-4 Pilkington + Blazing Rag 0-3 WBAFC DS
Written by Kempes   
Monday, 17 September 2018 16:26


A depleted Whaley team’s woes continue after losing to one of the more complete Cheshire league sides we’ve played so far this season.

Pilkington’s front line of Declan Hill, Matty Taylor & Graham Boylan were too much of a physical presence for Whaley’s defence today. Pilkington played to their strengths aiming for the experienced Hill who won vital headers; he nodded on but the Whaley defence were guilty of being flat and although Bailey got a block on Taylors shot it looped wickedly over Tattersall; typical of the home side’s luck so far this season. Soon after a misjudged clearance from Tattersall left Hill unchallenged to caress into an empty net. Two down through two mistakes early on and a mountain to climb!

Whaley did manage to get Leadbetter through now and again but his crosses were cleared by the visitor’s impressive speedy sweeper. Leadbetter, released again for his best opportunity of the half, saw his early shot sky way over the cross bar. The home side got themselves back into the game when Drayson curled a free kick in from 25 yrds. Then possibly the turning point for Whaley came after some good play had the visitor’s defence all over the place but the keeper made a good save; this followed by a close range effort that was blocked on the line with the ball rebounding to Barlow who thought it best to hit his shot first time, having never got a shout, when he had all the time in the world to make sure only to scuff wide.

With minutes until half time a weak defensive header put Whaley’s defence under pressure, Taylor was played in on the right and from a narrow angle smashed the ball in effectively killing any chance Whaley had to comeback. Inevitably with the home side pushing on the counter was always a danger and sure enough after 70 minutes Pilks broke with the ball finally getting to Taylor who completed a hatrick, a lesson learned Pilks had 6 chances scoring 4.

Pilkington showed a great team work ethic and we are happy to note that every player/manager came back to the pub for food/drink as did Daten last week. It is also refreshing to mention a credible refereeing performance (by Ian Claridge) these days; one wonders whether other teams are finding that when there is no assessor the referees tend not to get involved in as many controversial game changing decisions; decisions that unfortunately have gone against Whaley this season so far!

A below par and rather flat Whaley didn’t really have a stand-out player apart from a spirited performance from Ray Dwolitka and a decent half hour from Langford plus late interventions by lively young substitutes Connell and O’Donnell.  Too many Whaley’s players will be disapointed in their performance today seemingly lacking desire & enthusiasm.  On the positive side Whaley got minutes into a couple of players coming back from serious injuries.

Tattersall; Bailey; Sutton; Toseland; Hodges; Drayson (1); Halligan; Barlow; Gilbride; Dwolitka; Leadbetter

Connell; O’Donnell; Langford; Gemmell


Blazing Rag 0-3 WBAFC DS

Following on from a great come-back last week the Development Squad were eager to put in a better first half performance this week.

Youngster George Howell opened the scoring after only 5 minutes - after Jackson threaded a neat through ball Howell placed the ball to the keeper’s right to make it 1-0.

Minutes later another youngster Tyler Arnfield whipped in a superb corner from the right that Cripps headed in from the six yard line - Alex also scored in the same fixture last season! 2-0

30 minutes on the clock and the in-form Jackson made one of his trademark mazy runs across the 18 yard line and hit a great shot into the Rag net leaving the keeper with no chance at all 3-0.

With no keeper in the squad this week Captain mason stood between the sticks for the team, and with Bridge giving away far too many free kicks in their half putting themselves under unnecessary pressure - Mason had to step up and tip one effort superbly over the bar in the latter stages of the half to keep the clean sheet intact.

Half time saw the introduction of youngster Matt Baldwin and veteran Tailby to provide some fresh legs in the wide positions, but the Rag were much improved and for long periods the home side were forced to defend. The referee giving several soft free kicks also didn’t help matters and on 60 minutes Rag were awarded a penalty but Mason, wasn’t going to let his clean sheet go easily and, saved from the spot kick pushing the ball wide of his left hand post!

In the final 30 minutes youngsters Roberts, Henderson and Brown all came on and impressed; Brown in particular showed great feet on numerous occasions that Rag couldn’t deal with but unfortunately his crosses were not met by the strikers.

Roberts, Tailby and Baldwin all had clear chances to score but it wasn’t their day in front of goal and several decent saves by the Rag keeper prevented the Broome from scoring on 3 occasions.

The final score 3-0 flattered Rag, Whaley were much better than the score suggested but a decent result sees the DS move to 3rd in the table going into next week’s game.

Man of the match: Mason

Mason, Peatfield, Wilson, Cripps(1), Hodgkinson, Meadows, Broome, Jackson (1), Howell (1), Arnfield, Wigg.

Roberts, Brown, Baldwin, Henderson, Tailby .

Next week the DS play Darley Dale at Park Road and will be looking to keep this momentum going

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